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ABE/GED: Reading Resources

Reading Collections

Graded Readers

Graded Readers are books offered at different levels of difficulty for new readers, language-learners and any adult who wants to read something interesting.

Some graded reader series have numbered levels where Level 1 is a basic level and Level 6 is an advanced level.  Other series might indicate whether a book is Basic, Intermediary or Advanced.  Still some other series do not have levels indicated at all.

Graded readers are available in a wide range of book styles-- romance, thriller, mystery, classic literature, and non-fiction.  You are sure to find something you like at a level that is perfect for you!

Some graded readers also feature a glossary; questions to read before, during and after reading; and activities to help you understand the vocabulary and story.  Some books even come with a CD so you can listen to the story while you read!

Instructors: We have class sets available for you to check out! See the full list here.


  • Connections Readers  a series of connected stories told at different levels
  • Cambridge English Readers Seven levels of original fiction for learners of English.
  • Double Fastback Series 54 short original novels in six different series
  • Dover Thrift Editions Perfect matches for many of our abridged classics, making it easy for students to transition from the "little book" to the "big book."
  • Grass Roots Readers  Each page includes a captivating photograph and one or two short sentences.
  • Jack Sloan Westerns a series of westerns that follows the action-packed adventures of a former Civil War soldier in the Wild West
  • Janet Dailey's Love Scenes romance stories written with the new reader in mind
  • Nox Press Readers  short, highly enjoyable books written for adult readers
  • Open Door Series a collection of low-literacy novels by best-selling Irish authors. Free downloadable reading guides at gemmamedia.com
  • Oxford Bookworms Library  stories in 6 different levels include fantasy, thriller and adventure, true stories, classics, nonfiction, and human interest
  • Rapid ReadsSimple language, adult themes and suspenseful plots. Free downloadable reading guides at rapid-reads.com
  • Pacemaker Classics  abridged versions of classic literature from ancient Greece & Rome, Shakespeare, 18th and 19th century writers, and more
  • Quick Reads Short, fast-paced fiction designed for busy people who want to read but don't have the time for a longer book.
  • Steck-Vaughn Short Classics abridged illustrated classics of literature, with glossaries
  • Thumbprint Mysteries quality stories written by well-known mystery authors
  • Timeless Tales  fables, myths, folktales, adventures, and love stories
  • New Writer's Voices  abridged versions of modern novels from writers like Stephen King, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ray Bradbury and more

Helpful Websites

IXL Language Arts Skills
www.ixl.com/ela
Provides skill-based learning in language arts from Pre-K through 12th Grade. Includes reading strategies, writing strategies, vocabulary, and grammar and mechanics.

GCF LearnFree - Reading Program
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/reading
Whether you want to learn new words, practice reading, or review those grammar rules you forgot over the years, this interactive program is for you.

Pumarosa
www.pumarosa.com
A bilingual/biliterate site for speakers of Spanish learning English.  Pumarosa.com es muy sencillo de utilizar, ya que no tienes que inscribirte, teclear nada o enviar alguna solicitud. Sólo súbele a tus bocinas y presiona en los íconos de las orejitas en cualquier lección que desees. ¡Repite en voz alta conmigo! cuando estudies éstas lecciones, es muy importante. De esta forma aprenderás a pronunciar muy bien. Yo te prometo que aprenderás un paso a la vez, y cada día te sentirás más seguro en tus estudios del idioma inglés.

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